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Division of Marketing & Communications

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Writer: Margaret Blanchard, 706-542-2902, mblanch@uga.edu
Contact: Don Ciaramella, 212-986-7080, don@lippingroup.com

Entertainment winners named for Peabody 30

Athens, Ga. - The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors today revealed seven Entertainment programs that are among this year's Peabody 30. Honorees include Beyonce's sublime visual album, stories that feature a powerhouse lineup of female characters and dramas that break the mold of typical television fare. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Documentary winners were announced on Tuesday. Winners in News, Radio/Podcast, Children's, Education, and Public Service will be revealed on April 25.

Entertainment programming winners are:

"Atlanta"
FX Productions (FX Networks)

Donald Glover's enchanting series on the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in Atlanta's rap scene blends vibrant character study and rich socio-political commentary in delivering a detailed and textured exploration of a Southern city.

"Better Things"
FX Productions (FX Networks)

Co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., the result of this searingly funny and beautiful show is an at-times raw examination of the vicissitudes of working motherhood, crackling with feminist verve and energy, that consistently cuts new ground.

"Happy Valley"
BBC One (BBC One, Netflix)

A fresh take on the British crime drama that deals boldly and unflinchingly with the darkest human behavior while keeping its heart and even a tart sense of humor. Series creator Sally Wainwright has given us perhaps the greatest female lead on television today in Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire in a stunning performance.

"Horace and Pete"
Pig Newton Inc. (louisck.net)

A true original that melds contemporary politics and serialized storytelling with a throwback approach, "Horace and Pete" is a truly independent and groundbreaking demonstration of how quality television is expertly produced for the new media environment, all the while building upon decades of artistry and craft.

"Lemonade"
HBO Entertainment in association with Parkwood Entertainment (HBO)

"Lemonade" draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture.

"National Treasure"
The Forge (Channel 4)

A dark and timely examination of sexual abuse at the hands of privileged celebrity, "National Treasure" is an engrossing series that explores the loyalty of family and friends during crisis, the impact of sexual abuse on victims and the legal system itself. As in real life, there's no neat ending in this dramatic rendering of one man's choices and the collateral damage he creates.

"VEEP"
HBO Entertainment (HBO)

A rare show blessed with a perfectly cast ensemble, including the comedic genius of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "VEEP" is a workplace comedy that not only captures the zeitgeist of the current bizarre political moment but also transcends its own form to deliver a sobering message, with sharp dialogue, street savvy-and lots of laughs.

About Peabody Awards
The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture society's most important issues-known as the Peabody 30. Honorees must be unanimously chosen by the Peabody Board of Jurors, a diverse assembly of industry professionals, media scholars, critics, and journalists who each bring a unique perspective of what constitutes a story that matters. From major Hollywood productions to local journalism, the network of Peabody Awards winners is a definitive collection of society's most important stories and storytellers, including winners that have ranged from Edward R. Murrow, Carol Burnett, and David Letterman to "The Sopranos," "Sesame Street," "Breaking Bad," and "Serial." The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens today. For more information, visit peabodyawards.com or follow @PeabodyAwards on Twitter.

About Grady College
Established in 1915, the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, entertainment and media studies, journalism and public relations. The college offers several graduate degrees and is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu or follow @UGAGrady on Twitter.

Note to editors: A winners highlight video is available at: https://vimeo.com/213877130